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Wish Upon a Star: Episode 16

The above isn’t a significant scene in the episode, but it’s memorable for Cho-rok’s line that comes with it: “Unni, I think I’m going to have to marry Tae-kyu oppa!”

This was definitely a better episode than yesterday’s. It still had its faults, and the emotional logic can be perplexing, if not downright nonsensical. But with the focus back on Pal-gang and Kang-ha’s feelings, it could only get better from Episode 15, right? Also, more plot movement on the non-romance front keeps the story going.

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EPISODE 16 RECAP

This pic makes me giggle:

Pa-rang admits that he ran away from the hospital on purpose so he would have the excuse to talk to Kang-ha. Insisting that he has something to say, Pa-rang tries to keep Kang-ha from calling his sister. Unfortunately, height is not to his advantage.

Kang-ha calls Pal-gang because he knows she must be panicked, but also because he’d rather avoid a conversation with Pa-rang, as he’s distancing himself from the family. Pa-rang pipes up that he’s hungry, so Kang-ha says that he’ll feed him, then take him home.

As they eat pizza, Kang-ha ignores Jae-young’s phone call, and tries to hurry things along and return home. Pa-rang points out that his sister knows where he is so there’s no rush. Plus, he has something to say, and starts out with the announcement, “I really really respect you!” And then, “How can you marry another woman? What about my sister?”

Kang-ha doesn’t see the correlation between marrying and Pal-gang, but Pa-rang continues with his winding logic — he has a point, but he’s taking his time getting there. To wit, he declares, “I even like the smell of your feet! That’s how much I respect you!” Naturally Kang-ha is confused, but he’s also got to defend the state of his cleanliness: he says that he showers every night before bed, so his feet don’t smell. Pa-rang leans in close and gives him a look: “They do, ajusshi.”

Pa-rang sticks to his declaration that he still likes Kang-ha despite his foot odor, then makes his point:

Pa-rang: “You’re supposed to marry someone you really love. That’s what my mother said. You only live once so you can’t just marry anyone. She said that life is short enough even if you marry someone you love. So please, marry my sister.”
Kang-ha: “Does it seem like I love your sister?”
Pa-rang: “Yes.”
Kang-ha: “Why?”
Pa-rang: “If you ask why… It’s just what I feel, so I can’t answer why.”

Kang-ha has to ask this question, which has been niggling at him for some time now: “Did you guys all go to classes or something? Where did you learn to make a person talk so much?” Pa-rang just bursts into laughter, finding Kang-ha hilarious.

Pal-gang and Jun-ha trudge home. She’s recovering from the scare of almost losing her brother, while Jun-ha wonders whether Pa-rang called Kang-ha on purpose. After all, he knows Pal-gang’s number but didn’t call her.

After being ditched at the bridal shop, Jae-young storms into the gates, glaring at Pal-gang. She’s here because the house is the only place she seems to be able to find Kang-ha, given that he isn’t answering her calls. Jun-ha recalls that she was supposed to have an appointment with So-young (Ah! The Clone has a name!), and asks worriedly if Kang-ha failed to show.

Feeling bad, Pal-gang bows her head and says to Jae-young, “I’m sorry, it’s because of my brother. He got lost, and must have called him.” At that, Jae-young winds up and delivers a mighty slap — omo! This offends Jun-ha, who steps in and demands to know what the heck she’s doing.

Jae-young spews vitriol at Pal-gang: “You sure act naive but you’re actually really manipulative. What the hell do you want? What are you using your little brother to achieve?” Chafing at the word “use,” Jun-ha defends Pal-gang, saying that she had nothing to do with it.

Jae-young asks incredulously why the boy didn’t call his sister instead of Kang-ha: “Do you think he would have thought it up on his own?” She’s insinuating that Pal-gang instructed her brother to play along so she could monopolize Kang-ha’s attention. (This accusation reveals Jae-young’s character more than Pal-gang’s, as if we needed to hate her any more.)

Jun-ha explains that the boy really likes his brother, then sends Pal-gang into the house before continuing this discussion.

As Pal-gang leaves them, he asks, “Is this all you can amount to?” What did Pal-gang do that merited a slap? Jae-young explains the scene at the bridal shop: “Do you understand now why I slapped her?”

Jun-ha: “No. No matter your excuse, I don’t understand.”
Jae-young: “I said I was wearing my engagement dress and came out and he was gone! Do you know what that is like for a woman?”
Jun-ha: “Then why enter into that kind of marriage? Why do you want to marry a man who treats the phone call of a child he lives with as more important than seeing his fiancee in her engagement dress?”
Jae-young: “Why are you doing this? Why you too?”
Jun-ha: “This is the path you chose. My brother was dragged along because of your threat to kill yourself.”

Jun-ha tells her to handle her problems on her own, “Rather than taking out your anger on someone who has nothing to do with this.” Jae-young can’t believe Jun-ha’s taking Pal-gang’s side (what a princess, to expect him to side with her even when she’s resorting to false accusations, emotional blackmail, and actual blackmail). Jun-ha warns her not to treat Pal-gang badly, “or I won’t let it go.”

Heading to Pal-gang’s room, Jun-ha asks hesitantly if her cheek hurts from the slap. He isn’t trying to defend Jae-young, but explains that Kang-ha must have angered her and asks her to understand.

Pal-gang’s words are more bitter than her tone: “I guess I have to. How can a loser like me get upset at being slapped in a love game played by lofty people?” She says that she’s fine; since she’s likely to experience more of this in the future, she may as well get used to it.

Jun-ha feels sorry to hear her put herself down like this, and slowly gathers her in a hug. For once, I feel pretty confident that he’s being sincere rather than calculating. (If he’s been sincere in the past, it wasn’t easy to tell.)

Jun-ha promises, “I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen to you again.” This statement oversteps his bounds, and Pal-gang asks (matter-of-factly, not bitterly), “But who are you to me that you can make sure whether that happens to me or not?”

Jun-ha explains his reaction to seeing her slapped: “I’ve never been this angry before.” That’s when he thought to himself, let’s make sure this doesn’t happen to her again.

I’m pretty sure Pa-rang is deliberately being slow to finish his meal, which drives Kang-ha batty because he just wants to put a period to this episode. Can’t they hurry and head home now? Pal-gang will worry.

Pa-rang points out, “See? You’re worrying about my sister. That means you love her!” Kang-ha doesn’t see how that’s love, so Pa-rang recites his mother’s words that loving is worrying. (Kang-ha says in exasperation, “Why did your mother teach you so many things?”) Pa-rang asks, “Ajusshi. Do you really not love my sister?” Kang-ha sighs, answering indirectly: “I have to marry someone else.” Pa-rang protests, “But my sister loves you.” THAT gets his attention: “How do you know?”

Pa-rang recounts how he had heard his sister telling Nami that the biggest star in the sky was Kang-ha’s (which is the scene pictured in the opening screencap for Episode 13). This is hardly proof, and Kang-ha dismisses it. However, Pa-rang is convinced, especially since his mom used to call the biggest star his dad: “I cried that I wanted to be the biggest star, but my mom said I couldn’t be. She said, ‘That’s Dad’s star. If you feel bad about that, then later on you can find your own biggest star and name it after the person you love.'”

That’s a little more convincing, but Kang-ha can’t dwell on it. He urges Pa-rang to hurry so they can leave. The boy sighs, and you can practically hear him tsk-tsk at the dense lawyer ajusshi who won’t recognize what’s in front of his eyes.

The words stick in Kang-ha’s mind on the drive home, and he gets lost in memories (of Pal-gang’s admission of why she liked him) while his eyes tear up.

When Kang-ha comes home carrying a sleeping Pa-rang, Pal-gang marches up to scold her brother. She’s too furious to be reasoned with at the moment, and when Kang-ha defends Pa-rang, she retorts that he’s her brother, and that she has to punish him when he deserves punishing.

Pa-rang hides behind Kang-ha, which is when Jun-ha steps in and takes the boy aside. Explaining that his sister is upset, he takes him to his room while she cools down.

All the while, Jae-young scowls. (So what else is new?)

She follows Kang-ha upstairs, fuming. Since she always thinks everything is about her, she asks if his intention is to injure her pride so she’ll give up. Kang-ha says he wasn’t doing that — what was he supposed to do when he got a call from a kid saying he was lost?

Jae-young would have preferred he not leap to the rescue — why he couldn’t consider that he was being played by a girl who acts silly but is actually sneaky. (Good lord! Not all women are you, lady!)

Kang-ha’s feeling the same frustration we all are, and he snarls, “Do you know why I don’t want to marry you? Because the thought of having to live forever with someone who talks like you is horrifying.”

Jae-young lashes out to slap him, but he blocks her arm (with one hand in his pocket! How cool is he?).

Kang-ha: “You think you’re smart, but you’re not. You should know not to raise a hand to the man who says he finds the idea of living with you horrible. What you should be doing right now is trying to find a way to make me think of you as less horrible! If you leave now, we can avoid making it to the worst moment. What’ll you do? Want to stay?”

In his room, Jun-ha urges Pa-rang to stop crying, lest he tire himself out. I love Pa-rang’s response — as he sniffles, he says, “It’s okay. Mr. Lawyer ajusshi bought me pizza so I won’t get tired.”

Jun-ha wonders why Pa-rang likes his brother so much, since Kang-ha’s curt and doesn’t really talk well with anyone. Pa-rang says, “He talks well with me. And even if he doesn’t talk with me, he has to marry my sister.” Jun-ha asks, “Why?” Pa-rang: “Because he’s the one that my sister loves.”

Like Kang-ha earlier, Jun-ha isn’t swayed by the boy’s belief and calls it a misunderstanding on Pa-rang’s part, even when he hears about the biggest star comment. After all, that was probably a long time ago, and stars change — a bigger star could emerge and the old one could fade. Yet when Pa-rang clarifies that Pal-gang made her star comment after moving into the house, Jun-ha pays more attention.

Kang-ha leaves the house with Jun-ha for a talk, so the family eats dinner alone for once. The kids wonder if Jae-young will move in after Kang-ha marries her, which is a concern because they don’t like her. She’s cold and mean. Pa-rang announces that he had asked Kang-ha not to marry the lady, but the kids don’t have any faith that his request was effective. Pal-gang tells them that it won’t matter anyhow, since they’ll move out before the wedding.

Tae-kyu rushes in bearing flowers, vowing to continue giving them to her until she accepts his feelings. Pal-gang is so tired of dealing with him that she sighs, unable to keep the irritation out of her voice as she tells him to cut it out: “I won’t ever see you as a man, so don’t do stuff like this, I beg you!”

Finally, with the words spoken so plainly, Tae-kyu has to accept her rejection as final. (Not that Pal-gang ever gave him hope to begin with.) He sobs, and even Cho-rok advises him to give up — she feels bad, but he has no choice, really.

Ju-hwang urges him to think positively. Marrying Pal-gang would come with a lot of issues, and he’d have to be saddled with five siblings. Tae-kyu cries that he doesn’t care about that — he likes them all. Thankful for her continued support, he half-jokes that it’s too bad Cho-rok isn’t ten years older!

It’s cute how Cho-rok sighs resignedly to her sister, “Unni, I think I’m going to have to marry Tae-kyu oppa.” Pal-gang is so sick of dealing with this situation that she doesn’t even have words for that, and just declares that they really need to move out.

When Pal-gang sneaks Grandpa Jung in that night, Tae-kyu grabs his hands while sobbing that he’d wanted to take care of him as his own grandfather. “But I’ll give up now. My love doesn’t want me, so what can I do?”

Grandpa asks if Pal-gang likes anyone, pleased at her negative reply. He has a man in mind for her, whom he wants to introduce to her. Pal-gang, however, declines the offer — she’s just going to concentrate on raising the kids.

At the bar, the brothers drink (Kang-ha more than Jun-ha). Seeing his brother’s turmoil, Jun-ha tells Kang-ha not to go through with the wedding — Jae-young is just threatening to kill herself, but she doesn’t mean it. She has too much pride to actually resort to it.

Kang-ha intends to move out of the house, either to Jae-young’s house or elsewhere — “So extend Jin Pal-gang’s contract. And let her continue to stay there.” He figures that without him around, the home atmosphere will be more comfortable, plus Tae-kyu will graduate next year and return to the States (I guess he was a student all this while?). So, Pal-gang’s workload will lighten as well.

Jun-ha: “Are you moving out for her?”
Kang-ha: “No, it’s for you. So just answer me one thing. Are you for real? This is really not a game, is it? Answer me.”
Jun-ha: “No, I mean it.”

Kang-ha is in a drunken, thoughtful mood on the drive home. He muses that Jun-ha is a good guy, and that he was thankful that Jun-ha put up with him even when he treated him meanly.

Jun-ha gives Kang-ha the benefit of the doubt: “That wasn’t because of you. It’s because our mom made things like that. You didn’t have your own bathroom because you wanted it. She was the one who told me that the second-floor bathroom was for you, so I shouldn’t use it.”

Kang-ha returns, “What I’m most sorry for is taking too much from you. It was all yours. I took too much.”

Without the element of competition between them, I’m glad to see the brotherly affection coming out again, and this scene reminds us that these two do care about each other. They’re both generous with each other, as Kang-ha blames himself for being unfair, while Jun-ha waves this aside.

Now we switch the focus to the other storyline: Jang-soo keeps following the hired thug Kim Do-shik, but the latter catches on to the fact that he’s being followed. Jang-soo falls asleep while on his nightly stakeout and lets Kim slip by unnoticed.

Do-shik is satisfied that he got away cleanly, but Min-kyung is displeased that people were following him in the first place — it means they’re not safe. They discuss Do-shik’s current assignment in vague terms, but the gist is this: she has hired him to kill somebody and leave no trace. She warns him not to drink — alcohol is always the problem with him.

Meanwhile, Jang-soo reports back to the others. He’s sure that Do-shik is a pro with a financial backer. (He’d almost gone to jail for a violent assault, but came up with 300 million won and settled the matter with mere probation.) The conversation is interrupted by Jun-ha, who’s curious to know what has them all riveted. Eun-mal explains that there’s a conspiracy behind Pal-gang’s parents’ deaths.

This, naturally, raises his curiosity. He takes Pal-gang aside, who admits she almost doesn’t want to know the truth about her parents’ deaths. If the truth is confirmed, she won’t be able to forgive that man, and would be consumed with a desire for revenge. She wishes that the accident were a plain car crash.

Jun-ha comforts her, but it’s got to be telling that his main reaction is to be pleased that Pal-gang is confiding in him — it’s always about HIM, isn’t it? He asks her to keep confiding in him in the future, because “I’m sure I can be a good listener.”

On the other side of the glass, Pal-gang’s supervisor glimpses the two talking together, looking friendly — and a moment later, so does Kang-ha. When he turns around, Kang-ha sees that Jae-young is standing behind him, also witnessing the exchange.

Angry, Jae-young confronts Jun-ha in his office: “Why are you doing this?” She knows that he’s nice to everyone, but shouldn’t he know when to cut it out? Jun-ha suggests that maybe he doesn’t want to, which makes her narrow her eyes: “Do you have feelings for her?” She’d rather he marry his bridal-shop ex, because “I can understand if she’s at least that level.” He’s too good for Pal-gang.

Jun-ha’s offended at Jae-young’s comments, warning her that it’s not her place to tell him who to date. Jae-young pleads “as a friend” asking a favor: “I hate her, so much it drives me crazy! So kick her out.”

Jun-ha points out that she’s being ridiculous. If she were upset about her own fiance being in love with Pal-gang, he would understand. But for her to be upset about Jun-ha is absurd. Jae-young answers, “Kang-ha oppa is the man I love, but you’re the friend I don’t want to lose.”

Jun-ha decides, “Then we’ll have to stop being friends.” He has no need for a friend who acts this way.

Thanks be for a lighthearted scene to break up the heavy mood. The kids take food to a moping Tae-kyu, who refuses to eat. Hilariously, he does eye the food hungrily, but he’s committed to this heartbroken act and turns away from the food — a guy who has been dumped is supposed to waste away for a month.

The kids point out that there’s no use, since it’s all over. But Tae-kyu protests — he can’t be the bad guy who bounces back quickly!

Pal-gang pops out to the grocery store for some dinner ingredients, and a brief conversation about anchovies jogs an old memory. She remembers Jung-ae ajumma, the woman Grandpa Jung is looking for, the last time she had dropped by looking for her mother. She had brought a box of anchovies and told Pal-gang where to find her.

Spurred by this memory, Pal-gang immediately heads to the station to catch the next bus to Donghae, a city on the east coast (a few hours from Seoul). She’s in such a rush that she forgets she has come with Nam, but tries to make do as best she can.

The Jung family holds a memorial service for the deceased elder son, where In-gu sobs in grief. Min-kyung thinks he’s just putting on a show for his father, but he cries that he genuinely loved his brother — he would have died for him if he could.

This seems to stir some (tiny) bit of humanity in Min-kyung, who immediately gets on the phone to talk to Do-shik. It becomes clear that the person he is hired to kill must be Jung-ae, and now she leaves a message on his voicemail to NOT act — she’s heading down to meet him, so wait until she gets there. Do NOT do a thing!

Pal-gang spends the night in a rented room with Nami, then heads out early the next morning to the Donghae market to look for Jung-ae’s stall. One of the ajummas recognizes the name, and directs Pal-gang to Jung-ae’s home.

As Jung-ae lives a fair distance away from the city, Pal-gang takes the cold hike up the mountainside. Worried about Nami, she takes off her coat to shield the baby, and struggles along the snowy path.

However, she’s slower than Do-shik, who gets there first. Min-kyung was been able to catch him before he carried out the hit, to her relief. Now Min-kyung changes the plan from murder to bribery: Do-shik comes to the house and offers Jung-ae and her son a bag full of money to leave without a trace.

Do-shik reports his successful exchange to Min-kyung, assuring her that he warned the two to leave immediately and never return, under threat of death. He’ll take them to Incheon and send them to China with fake passports.

Back in Seoul, Kang-ha also makes a break in his case, having tracked the woman to Donghae as well. He reports to Chairman Jung, who wants to accompany Kang-ha, and the two drive down immediately. As Kang-ha pulls into the city, he catches a glimpse of Min-kyung driving away. The chairman doesn’t see her, but Kang-ha definitely does.

Pal-gang has been unable to find the house, and Nami is now crying in earnest, so she rushes to a health clinic and begs for help. The doctor says that the baby’s fever is on the wane, but scolds her for wandering the mountainside in the snow.

In a hurry but worried for Nam, Pal-gang asks the doctor if he can watch the baby briefly, and heads back to find Jung-ae’s house.

Unfortunately, she’s too late. An elderly woman informs Pal-gang that Jung-ae and her son have gone, and seemed in a great hurry to leave. It doesn’t seems like they’re going to return anytime soon, either.

Dejected, Pal-gang turns to go — just as Kang-ha and Chairman Jung walk toward her, having just arrived.

Both parties are startled to see each other, especially Pal-gang, who is shocked to see these men together.

Grandpa Jung calls out Pal-gang’s name, which is a surprise to Kang-ha, who asks in return, “How do you know Pal-gang, Chairman?”

Pal-gang is astonished: “Ch-chairman?”

 
COMMENTS

Yay, the mystery moves forward. I still think that this Evil Murderess Min-kyung storyline makes for an awkward tonal shift between the car crash mystery and Pal-gang’s growth storyline, and it feels silly to use words like “hit man” or “assassin” in the same episode where a little boy plays matchmaker between two adults. And when another woman tosses around words like suicide as though it’s nothing special, just another day in the life of a needy stalker-girlfriend.

However, if we have to have it, at least I prefer this forward movement to the emotional whiplash of yesterday’s episode. And now that Grandpa’s identity is out, we’re on our way to wrapping up this storyline, right?

A scene I particularly appreciated was the one between the brothers, which I wish we’d seen more of early on. (The last time the brothers had moments untainted by this romantic rivalry for Pal-gang, we were still early enough in the drama that we didn’t love Kang-ha yet, nor did we know him very well.) And I like that it seems the source of their angst isn’t so much a brotherly rivalry, but stems from their mother’s unequal treatment of her two sons.

I know this plot seems weak for some, where Kang-ha’s big secret is that Jun-ha’s his half-brother, and I halfway agree with it. I wish the conflict were stronger. But I am recalling that I do know an instance in real life where a similar situation occurred to a Korean friend’s family, and when the truth came out, heads did roll. So I’m putting up with this storyline.

I still don’t think we have the full picture, but it’s starting to seem like both brothers have a sort of inferiority complex regarding the other. Kang-ha’s is because he comes from a hateful mother and an unloving father, and never knew unconditional love. (Is that why he was able to “take” things away from Jun-ha?) I get the sense that his stepmother was very kind to him, but he still felt the invisible barrier of her being a stepmother, and likewise, she treated him differently. Maybe she was so concerned that Kang-ha wouldn’t feel loved that she took special pains to try to compensate, but because Jun-ha didn’t know the reason for it, he grew up feeling neglected. (That’s my speculation for now.)

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Thanks for the recaps, JB. I've read all 16 episodes in the last 2 days and whilst this kdrama sounds cute, it seems to lack something.

I just don't get how or what PK does to make KH fall for her? Am I missing something?

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@51 - I don't know if you have only read the recaps, but on screen, it's pretty obvious that, after the kids break through Kan-ha's shell of ice, and JK changes from a flirt to a serious and hard working person, he began looking at her in a new light. Then, it just was a slow growing process, including lots of bickering between the two, and lots of reflection on himself and his life by KH...

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Speaking of Jun-ha, he still has a long way to go. I do believe he's finally sincere... or at least thinks he's sincere in his feelings for Pal-gang and I cheered when he put FishFace in her place. TWICE! But he seemed smarmy again when he tried to convince Parang to favor him instead. And then there was the scene where Pal-gang told him about her parents. While he was busy not reassuring her, I was busy yelling at the screen "You aren't a good listener if you keep talking about yourself!!!"

Think about how the scene would have played out differently if Pal-gang had been telling Kang-ha. For one thing, she wouldn't have been so reluctant to tell him and I could see Kang-ha, in full lawyer mode, assuring her that she had every right to want justice.

It's interesting that Pal-gang's supervisor saw them and didn't look too happy. At first, I was worried that she might be thinking that Pal-gang was still trying to hook a rich husband, but the more I think about it, the more I'm betting that Jun-ha has played around with women on her team like this before and now it looks like he has set his sights on Pal-gang right has she has been becoming a valuable member of the team. But we'll see how (and if) that plays out. Lord knows, I've been wrong before.

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aaaaaahhhhh....borrinnnngggggg! Whatz wid this drama...itz losing it...y r there so many scenes between PK and JH and y does dat bitch pops up every 5 secs? Der r hardly any scenes between PK and KH...and only few more eps to go....i dun want all the nice things only in the last ep...dey better show sthg good next monday or else i am gonna stop watching it...lol who am i kidding??? *^_^*

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I have to say, the highlight of this episode for me was Parang! I loved how he was watching Tae-kyu's antics like it was a comedy show! It's like he's channeling the audience's feelings!

I loved loved loved the "your feet smell" scene. The back and forth was so cute and Kang-ha's expressions were wonderful. (He's such a dork! It's great!!) I really give Kim Ji-hoon a lot of credit for that and even more so for the car scene afterwards. I think, like Jun-ha, Kang-ha figured she had named the biggest star after him when her parents were still alive. That, combined with the memory of her talking about falling for him, was that "damn, she really was in love with me and I blew it" moment I was hoping for earlier in the series. I just never expected that it would totally break my heart when it happened! Don't worry, Kang-ha! She still loves you! Probably more now that she did before!

A lot of people have been mentioning that there's a lot of loose ends to tie up before the show ends, but truthfully, I'm sort of intrigued with storylines they won't have time for. I'd love to see Pal-gang interact with Kang-ha's mom. I'd like to see poor Tae-kyu grow up. I'd like to see Jun-ha try dating like a normal person. Hell, I'd like to see him date someone normal. I remembered that they gave Last Scandal a second season and Wish Upon a Star seems to have a large enough (not to mention talented) cast that they could sustain another couple of seasons. Sadly, despite WUAS's success, I doubt it will happen.

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Your recap is so generous, it makes what looks to me increasingly like an exercise in plot-randomness seem plausible! I think that takes a certain kind of genius. :-)

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What would we do without a talented actress to be JY... haha... really hate her in Wife Temptation, and with her tighter face here, hate her more

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@ 52 Bee

Yes, admittedly I have only read JB's recaps so I haven't seen any of the acting on screen.

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is there anyone like fish lips b*tch in real life??? i mean.... someone that is so desperate that she forces a man into marrying her? He hates her. He can't stand a sight of her. He insults her all the time....and yet she still wants to live with him???
I just can't understand this fish lips character. I hope the audiences don't hate the actress in real life, too...cuz if they do, she will get into a lot of troubles when she is out walking in the streets....hehehe
Thank u javabeans for the recaps.

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I agree w/ @54 --There are hardly any scenes with Pal-kang and Kang-Ha. We want more scenes of them together!! Let's get the 3rd wheeler brother outta there, writers. Gee whiz... There are only a few more episodes to go and the writers are wasting them like toilet paper.

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I also don't agree that the women and son that were sent to China is the daughter in law of the chairman, I'm thinking it misinterpreted. I love this episode esp. the ending.

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Sometimes in a drama I miss the point, not often, but sometimes. But it always amazes me when I notice so many others who have missed parts of a drama... or just whatever.
But - really, I don't think there is a twin. and There were two women who had babies, etc. If grandpa found PK too fast there would not be a drama, right? The other woman, a friend of PK's real mom - was a vehicle to catch the evil daughter in law and start everyone wondering about PK father's death and how similar it was to the death of PK's mother and stepfather, right?

I love this drama, I love the kids, PaRang is someone to watch grow up, I think he will do some amazing things. I love the range of emo - I almost laughed out loud when PK was trudging through the snow with Nami! Woe, lost in the woods while it's snowing, then all of sudden at a clinic, then back to the destination in a light jacket :) Just missing the quary and bring all three together with the neighbor to tell all --- And now KH has an out with that marriage because he have the 'goods' on the evil daughter-in-law/mother-in law to be -- too fun!

Sincerest thanks for the recap.

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this show's cliffhangers kill me.

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I COULD NOT AGREE MORE #17
"with is it only me or does anybody find kang-ha’s hairline really fake looking? it keeps distracting me…how the hair seems to be too perfect!"

this bothers me so much too.! but id google some pictures of him and its not perfect perfect like its portray in this drama. ALSO, i been watching closely and if you watch some previous episode. you could SORT OF tell it been cover up by foundation . anyways this bothers me in every episode, even if he is so hot.

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With Pal-Kang's comment that she "desires revenge" for the man who caused it, I have a feeling that when she finds out that Chairman is her biological grandfather, she isn't going to run into his wealthy, open arms. Since, Grandpa 'caused' it.

Thank you so much, JB!

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I think Junha needs to practice his grabbing-girls-by-the-shoulders move. It's so painfully awkward to watch.

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As always, thanks for the great recap Javabeans! Like others, I was ecstatic and dancing with glee when both KH and JH (twice!) lambasted JY during this episode. It certainly made up for so-so episode 16. But for a second (no, a nanosecond), I felt a very teeny weeny smidgen of sympathy for JY. Now, before everybody jumps down my throat, I want to clarify that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to hate JY. For any "old school" folks on this thread, JY brings back fond memories of how much my friends and I loved to hate Brenda Walsh. JY just raises it to a new level. It's not just her over-Botoxed, frozen, distorted face (think Jack Nicholson's rendition of The Joker or Chucky), but she takes sadism to a new level by purposely inflicting emotional suffering upon herself -- can such a woman really exist?? How can you not loathe this woman?

But as I said, I did feel a twinge of sympathy for what's about to come -- It was a given that KH already disliked JY, but now he flat out tells her that he's disgusted by her; everybody (except her clueless pop) knows that KH does not want to marry JY and that she is delusional to think that a marriage with KH will end well; JY can no longer lean on her best (and, it would appear, only) friend because he's now on Team PG and is more than willing to break off his friendship with JY (a break that probably will solidify when JH finds out that he was the basis for blackmailing KH into marriage); one by one, she's losing the men in her life (again, with the exception of clueless pop) whose love/friendship/attention that JY craves, and not only that, but they all prefer her arch enemy PG to her -- first KH, now JH, and soon grandfather. And to think that this all happened because her dear old mom hired a hit man to kill PG's parents. In the end, I feel that I'm going to enjoy the misery that will be wrought on JY because she's been such a delightful character to hate (which makes me a sadist as well), but still, I can't help but pity her. After all, I'm human. Ok, I'm ready for everybody's punches and groans of protest!

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@ 30 - I am going by the theory that Pal Gang's mom and Jung ae were good friends who gave birth at around the same time. By the way shame on Jung ae & son - shouldn't they be suspicious of one who comes bearing very large gifts, that was too easy with those special conditions. Anyway, it was easy to assume that Jung ae was gramps daughter-in-law due to the fact they are going by the theory that the missing grandchild is a boy. If Jung ae returns, her role would be critical in (1) revealing Min Kyung's crime with her henchman - can be identified (2) who is the real grandchild which we all know is Pal Gang.

Plus there is another factor and that Pal Gang may have known the truth but would not have relate it to gramps due to what she knows about (little)him and how her family has been raised. The step father has been raising her as his own child all the time and she is likely to look at him as her real father.

@42 - Kang Ha is not Jae Young, he cannot and should not do that. We do not want him to stoop to their level. Despite many things I think he has an inner sense of justice and a strong character. I would prefer the mother crimes to come out in the open in another form and her to get the punishment that she so richly deserves. Gramps & hubby better not blame themselves for the cause of this, I am tired of that being used in kdramas and then the person does not get PROPERLY PUNISHED. There must be serious consequences for serious crimes and that includes Jae Young seeing that.

As for the ending, I would love to see a wedding between Kang Ha and Pal Gang. At /after the wedding it would be revealed to gramps and everyone that she is his biological granddaughter (accidentally of course), in other words he gets his wish without interference. From the cliff hangers - let me say - I DON'T BLAME HER!!

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I love how you try to take the worst expressions Jae Young makes in this episode in your recaps! :P
I agree... I love to hate her.

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Awesome episode! I liked its fast pace overall.

More Pa-Kang love: LOVED the 'biggest star' story Pa-rang relays on to Kang-ha and that look on KH's face and the hug at the start of the episode!

KH was particularly hot this episode, he's just mesmerising in some scenes, such a hottie honestly!

Mother and daughter sure layed on the slaps these past couple of episodes! I'm glad KH caught JY's, ''...with one hand in his pocket! How cool is he?'' I know!! xD

Chairman's been discovered! Yay! Thank goodness, no more dragging THAT out now, hopefully. AND KH was on scene, hurrah!

Aww, Pal-gang struggling and with a crying Nami was a bit of blast from the past, didn't realise how far this drama has come.

Also, this drama officially has an affixiation with T-ara's Bo Peep! How many times must I hear it in the same drama? Sheesh!

Four more episodes left, I agree with other commentors, more romance between the two leads now please!? Less of the others, more spotlight on the leads already, damn you!

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Also, I hated how Pal-gang thrashed out at Pa-rang when he got home.
She created such a scene. In real life when mothers do that to kids, it's usually seen as drama queenish and that she's trying to force bystanding adults to take pity on the child and intervene.
Ugh! You're better than that Pal-gang, though you're technically his sister, but still... Shame on thee!
Poor Pa-rang, little sweetheart. He broke my heart in that scene.
Why are these child actors so brilliant? Whyyy??

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hmm i just remembered there's something i'm not clear about: in this mother/step-mother drama, where does tae-gyu's mother stand? who IS tae-gyu's mother? hope someone in the know will enlighten me, thanks! =)

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Same here. I'm kinda confused about all the relationships and how everyone is related to each other. Good God, I was even thinking that Kang-ha was really grandpa's grandson and if that is the case...... No,it can't be! Quite interesting to read other comments about this. Thanks for the recap! Great job as usual! There's just too much to resolve I think in just 4 more episodes. would like to see ANY romantic moments btw the 2 leads!

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I really enjoyed this episode -- loved seeing Jae-young chewed out again and again and again. I even replayed them a couple of times, it was so satisfying. Especially enjoyed Kang-ha's explosion (it was, after all, the best acted). Yeah, you think you're so smart, Jae-young. A smart person would have realized Kang-ha didn't have the same mother as Jun-ha as soon as her mother said that woman was Kang-ha's birth mother, without having to shell out all that money. Figuring out that it was a trump card with Kang-ha wouldn't have been very difficult after that, for a smart person. So, yeah, I really enjoyed this episode.

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It's kind of funny how all of Pal-gang's younger siblings think that Pa-rang has no talent in seeing people and dismisses all of his words as random babble yet it's Pa-rang who is the most perceptive about Kang-ha and Pal-gang.

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Thanks JB--excellent recaps, again!

I enjoyed watching JY getting slapped and then being told straight out by KH that he finds her "horrible". Wow, she really brings out the viciousness in me, I wanted PG to just smack her right back--in fact, all through JY's nastiness in that scene all I could think was, she's standing with her back to the stairs, PUSH HER DOWN!!!!

Kim Ji Hoon is at his best in his scenes with Pa Rang. He's good with Pal Gang, he's great with Pa Rang. Pa Rang, as I say every time and I'm probably not done yet, is outstanding AND adorable.

Like Quaggy, I give up my grander conspiracy theories on the the KH/JH birth secret with great reluctance, but I take your point, JB, that even being revealed as step-brothers may cause problems, at least in KH's mind.

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I wish for a beautiful wedding scene at d end of the story & Tae Gyu coming to terms with d marriage & later fast forward of the couple with all the 5 children plus an addition to d family- wat a luvly picture...XD ..

BTW- d wedding is between the our leads, PK & KH...wishful thinking...

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Thanks for the recap javabeans. I was going to watch this on viikii but that site seems to be down today- anyone else facing this???
So, I am very thankful that I atleast got to know what happened next. I have to agree that this episode was better than the last one. Hopefully the writer will be able to tie up all the loose ends in the next 4 episodes without cramming/awkward conclusions.

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I think that Kang Ha really thinks that it will tear his brother up if he finds out and I think that it's only his own insecurities that are playing in that, Jun Ha may not be as nice as puts on but I think he loves his brother regardless. The only thing that may put that relationship in jeopardy is Pal Gang as they're both falling for her. I've always thought that Jun Ha knew but didn't care but now I'm doubting that and when he finds out he'll know why KH got the treatment he got, forgive his mum and love her more for being kind (is that a stretch?). I hate that plastic lady in that she is such a cussing spoilt brat!!!! She really is too wrapped up in herself to realise nor others true feelings and motivations, I think that KH is just as horrified that by marrying her that people will think that they really are the same (in that he is just as mean and despicable as her, like we thought in the beginning).

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Thank you JAVABEANS~!!! I LOVE YOU~! hehe ^.^

anyways time to rant about JY... lol kk

the biggest bother: JY of course! haha while watching JY scenes I found myself sticking both of my middle fingers at the screen and clapping my hands when KH told her why he hated her! *clap *clap Every time, JY insisted she LOVED KH made me scoff and want to punch her, not bitch-slap, but punch! Because how the hell is it love, when a woman freakin blackmails someone who obviously hates and is disgusted with and claims to see her as a sister! phoooweee had it get that out :D

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The biggest cliffhanger will be on Episode 18...can't believe this will end soon...4 more episodes and no kiss yet between the leads!

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I’m really looking forward to reading your recap of episode 17 tonight. As usual, I’ll keep visiting your page 1001 times after the episode is aired. Thanks

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Jae-young's perma-scowl annoys to no end, i think if she ever smiled or did anything nice (or even logical) she might burst.

Also, Kang-ha seems to do so many things because of his love/respect for his little brother (or maybe it's out of guilt from taking so many things that "belonged to Jun-ha") but Jung-ha doesn't seem to reciprocate... he was even trying to steer Pal-gang away from Kang-ha in the beginning. This, plus the fact that Jun-ha was in love with Jae-young and still considers her to be his "only true friend" turns me against Jun-ha... he's not a nice person. I hope he changes :(

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